RM of Tisdale battling litterbugs

RM OF TISDALE — Bed frames, couches, freezers and refrigerators are just some of the items being tossed into ditches in the RM of Tisdale.

“We’re just appealing to the public to stop,” said Cpl. Mike Benjamin with the Tisdale RCMP. “There are sections under the Highways and Transportation Act that deal with littering. Notably section 23, which deals with throwing or placing rubbish or litter on a public highway or near the public highway.”

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If someone is caught throwing their trash, they could face a court summons or a $90 fine, depending on the incident.

The RM of Tisdale reported this to the Tisdale RCMP at their town hall meeting on May 6.

“There are some roads north of town that seem to get hit worse than others,” said Fern Lucas, the RM of Tisdale’s administrator. “There was a bed, a bed frame, a mattress out there. It happens. It has been happening for a while.”

Every year, Lucas said, the RM brings the subject up at the RCMP town hall meeting, and put reminders in their newsletters.

“If we find anything identifiable we will proceed with a littering charge and the RCMP will assist with that.”

When the heavy items are found, RM employees have to move them to the landfill themselves.

“But it’s a lot of extra work.”

Along with heavy items is also small trash.

Small items can be brought to the landfill or any small trash bin. A recycle bin and trash bin is located at the RM shop on the east boundary of Tisdale.

“They’re not going to hold things like couches and beds and refrigerators, but they hold a handful of garbage and they can also recycle.”

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